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The cast for the forthcoming Warcraft movie has been announced.
Universal Pictures revealed that Ben Foster, Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Toby Kebbell and Rob Kazinsky will star in the film, based on the hugely popular video game franchise from Blizzard, with Dominic Cooper in final negotiations.
Colin Farrell, Paul Dano and Anton Yelchin were all initially rumored for the big-screen adaptation, but neither appear in the official confirmation.
Warcraft will be directed by Duncan Jones (Source Code) from a script by Charles Leavitt and Jones. Production will begin in Vancouver in January 2014.
Blizzard Entertainment recently announced plot details for the movie at BlizzCon, confirming that it will focus on the first contact between orcs and humans.
Formerly scheduled for December 18, 2015, Warcraft will release on March 11, 2016.
- source: digitalspy.com
As Source Code director Duncan Jones readies his video game adaptation Warcraft to begin filming in January 2014, a steady feed of information about the film has been released – far more than some other blockbusters opening in late 2015.
Test footage was teased during Comic-Con, Vikings star Travis Fimmel‘s casting has been confirmed, concept art and plot details have emerged, but besides Fimmel, at this point it’s not clear just who else will be joining the cast. Paul Dano (Prisoners), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) are said to be on a shortlist for supporting parts, with Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Colin Farrell reportedly offered leading roles.
While there has been no update on Patton’s involvement, Farrell recently to spoke to IGN about his role in Saving Mr. Banks and the conversation inevitably turned to Warcraft. Farrell had this to say about the news of his involvement:
”‘Warcraft’? Don’t know what’s happening, man. I read the script, if that’s any use to you, and it’s amazing.”
Farrell elaborated on the script and commented on director Duncan Jones:
“Yeah, he’s cool. Duncan was cool. I sat with Duncan for awhile and read the script, loved the script, and we was as cool as can be. I don’t know what’s happening with the film. I don’t know where they are in the process.”
So this definitely confirms the talk that Farrell has been approached to star. During the recent unveiling of some of the concept art at BlizzCon, Duncan Jones was asked if he had his actors. His response: “Yup!” Is Farrell being cagey? He’s known for being fairly open and direct in this kind of interview, so he really might be as in the dark on the Warcraft pre-production.
Farrell went on about the world of the script and was asked whether or not he was a World of Warcraft fan prior to reading the screenplay:
“Not at all, no. The script was just really, really cool, and it’s just a world that I never explored — and it’s a really big and fantastical world. I can’t imagine what he, being as visually gifted as he is, Duncan, and what he did on ‘Moon’ with, like, a dime, I can’t imagine what he’d do with this ‘Warcraft.’ “
And the million dollar question: Can Farrell talk about what role he was offered?
“Can I? I probably shouldn’t. I don’t even know, actually, I’ll just say that! I don’t even know. We were just talking, and Duncan just said, ‘There might be something in it for you! And I said, ‘Catering?’ [Laughs]“
While we know the basic plot of screenwriter Charles Leavitt’s storyline – “It’s the story of Anduin Lothar versus Durotan, Human and Orc heroes from the original real-time strategy games” – previous plot rumors indicated that the wizard Khadgar and his mentor Medivh would be central characters along with the warrior Lothar.
It’s likely that Farrell actually has a pretty good idea of which role Jones and company want him for, and given the solid – but not quite A-list – caliber of the talent sought for the supporting roles, Farrell is probably circling the lead human role… unless the filmmakers decide to throw a curveball and make him an orc. Expect casting updates and hard confirmations soon with the start date of production so close at hand.
Warcraft is scheduled to be released in December 2015.
- source: screenrant.com
“World of Warcraft” is by far one of the most popular computer games that has ever been released. It was not too much of a surprise when Legendary Entertainment announced a movie adaptation, and now they have found their leading man.
The “Warcraft” movie will star Travis Fimmel, best known as the lead of History Channel’s “Vikings,” Variety reports. According to Variety sources, the pre-production crew is looking into casting three more leads for the film.
“Duncan Jones (“Source Code”) will direct the “Worldcraft” feature from a script by Charles Leavitt. Paula Patton is in talks to co-star and Colin Farrell also has an offer but his deal is not as far along,” Variety reports. “Details on the plot or the character Fimmel will play are still unknown. Based on the Blizzard Entertainment game World of Warcraft,’ studios have been trying for some time to get this adaptation off the ground with Sam Raimi at one point attached to direct.”
According to multiple reports, the project was allegedly given a $100 million budget, so bringing on actors like Farrell and Patton isn’t a stretch.
“I’m told that Paula Patton is negotiating for a lead role and that another lead has been offered to Colin Farrell,” Deadline reports. “I’m not sure that Farrell is going to make a deal – sources said it’s 50/50 – and Jones is testing other actors for the major roles.”
Filming will reportedly begin January 2014. Deadline also speculated as to where production for the video game movie may be take place.
“The role-playing game takes place in a medieval-like setting where players control avatars that take on gryphons, dragons, zombies, werewolves and elves. Time travel and alien worlds also are part of the mix,” according to Deadline. “The project is one of Legendary’s biggest and was supposed to be made at Warner Bros. Since Thomas Tull’s financing/production company moved over to Universal Pictures, I expect the film to be located there as well.”
- source: hngn.com
Vikings takes the audience on an epic journey through an ancient world, focusing on some of history’s most brutal conquerors. Vikings is one of The History Channels highest rated The series stars Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgård, and features Gabriel Byrne.
The story follows Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbron (Frimmel), whose mission is to fulfill his destiny as a conqueror, alongside his viscous brother Rollo (Standen) and loyal wife Lagertha. On his journey Ragnar faces many temptations and betrayal, all while trying to protect his family and country.
During season one, Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of sea vessels that are capable of withstanding the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.
There is plenty of conflict when the Ragnar and his crew sail to England in search of riches. Their first encounter is with a clergy of priests who pose little threat, yet are brutally murdered. With the Viking shields huddled together, the battle sequences remind me of the fighting style displayed by Spartan Warriors in 300. The primary weapon for vikings is the axe, which slashes out from above their shields.
The History channel’s Vikings are kinder and gentler than what we’re used to seeing. And that’s okay.
HAVE the Vikings gotten a bum rap?
At least, according to popular imagination, they were fearsome barbarians in horned helmets who pillaged their way across Northern Europe during the Dark Ages. And while it’s true these seafaring Norsemen were hardly a bunch of peaceniks, the new History channel scripted series Vikings will attempt to bring some nuance to the caricature of the bearded brutes.
“The great thesis is, ‘You think you know the Vikings, but you don’t’,” said series creator Michael Hirst.
The series represents uncharted territory in more ways than one: At 10 episodes, it will be History’s first full-length, scripted programme, arriving on the heels of the massively successful miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and accompanying the debut of the channel’s new miniseries The Bible.
Vikings marks the latest step in History’s dramatic makeover in recent years from a stodgy and largely irrelevant channel that played a seemingly infinite loop of WWII documentaries to a top-five cable network and industry trendsetter.
As the screenwriter of the film Elizabeth and all 38 episodes of the cable series The Tudors, Hirst has a knack for bringing epic historical tales vividly to life. His latest series, set in the late 8th-century Scandinavia, will join a rather short list of sympathetic pop cultural depictions of the Viking people.
“They’re always ‘the other’. They’re the guys who smash down your door and ravish and kill you and take your possessions – perpetual bad guys,” Hirst said by telephone from his home in Britain.
“Pacific Rim’s'” Charlie Hunnam cast as Christian Grey caused quite a lot of disappointed and enraged fans. Nevertheless, producers are unlikely to recast for the sake of fan whims and wants. On the other hand, readers of E.L. James erotica novel still have the part of Elliot Grey to help fill out. Here are the three top choices for the part of Christian Grey’s older brother in “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Staying true to the rumours, E.L. James announced the cast for “Fifty Shades of Grey” following Labour Day. Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have officially signed on as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively, for the film adaptation. As Dana Brunetti claimed, disappointed fans were vocal about the choices on social networking sites. Still, with the film set for production by fall and release by August 1, 2014, recasting is highly impossible.
On the other hand, two other iconic roles are yet to be filled out, namely Kate Kavanagh and Elliot Grey. Diana Agron, Amber Heard and Elizabeth Olsen are currently leading the polls for the part of Anastasia Steele’s best friend. As for the part of Elliot Grey, quite a few Hollywood hunks have been dubbed as potential stars for the part.
Elliot Grey is described in the books as muscular, tall, with curly blonde hair and blue eyes. Simon Baker was initially eyed for the part, but given his age, Simon is considered too old for the part. Of course, there are other suitable, and not to mention younger, actors for the part.
First of is “Nashville” actor Chris Carmack, followed by “Vikings’” Travis Fimmel. “Social Networks’” Armie Hammer is also a strong contender. Check out the slideshow to see the top three choices for the part of Elliot Grey for “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
- source: au.ibtimes.com
YOU may not recognise Aussie Travis Fimmel in Vikings.
Last we heard much about the former underwear model was his casting as Tarzan in a series that met an early end and his co-starring role opposite Patrick Swayze in The Beast.
Get ready to be surprised.
Fimmel delivers an intense, slightly creepy, performance as legendary Viking Ragnar Lodbrok in this Canadian-Irish historical drama on SBS.
And get ready to also be surprised by just how watchable and fascinating Vikings is.
The History Channel series is meaty stuff, with lots of swordplay, battles, tension and backstabbing, all set in a dark, unfamiliar world.
Our hero Ragnar Lodbrok is a young warrior and Viking farmer, married to a shield maiden Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) who knows how to wield a sword to defend her family when the men are away raiding.
Ragnar serves the ageing earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) who doesn’t believe the rumours of great, unplundered lands to the west and won’t allow raids there.
With the help of craftsman Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard, the brother of True Blood’s Alexander), Ragnar secretly has a long boat built and takes a small crew, including his brother Rollo (Clive Standen) raiding west. He uses new technology that allows them to track via the sun. Still, tempers fray and warriors start to believe they’ll die in the middle of an endless ocean before they finally reach land – the island of Lindisfarne, off the coast of Northumbria.
For history buffs, this historic raid in 793 on Lindisfarne, also called the Holy Island, heralded the start of “the Viking Age”, a tumultuous period for England.
Ragnar and his followers find the monks of Lindisfarne timid and easy prey and return home with slaves and much wealth, including a young monk called Athelstan (George Blagden) who Ragnar takes as his slave. Though Athelstan’s eyes we see the stark differences in beliefs between Christians and Vikings; these gods the young monk is confronted with are frightening and the society he’s been thrust into is dangerous and strange.
As for Ragnar, his ambition and success doesn’t please Haraldson who seeks malicious, devious ways to rid himself of his younger, smarter rival. And it’s here that the series kicks up a notch, delivering conflict and drama as an intriguing story unfolds.
Ragnar later returns for further raids into Northumbria, angering its king, Aelle (Ivan Kaye). His warriors have never come across fighters like these men (and women) who show no fear and welcome death because it means going to Valhalla.
Vikings is a brutal, at times shocking, but all together fascinating and series now showing on SBS on Thursday nights. It’s violent and bloody but none of the violence or sex is gratuitous.
The series is also full of excellent, believable characters who stay in your mind for a long time; Floki, for example, is like a drug-crazed cult leader; Gabrielle Byrne portrays Haraldson as an ageing bully, desperate to hold onto power and his attractive wife. The female roles are also strong and vital.
Vikings may not be Game of Thrones (what is?) but it’s heaps of fun all the same and nicely filmed with sweeping views of Irish cliffs and rivers.
Produced by Michael Hirst who brought us The Tudors and Camelot, Vikings is intensely watchable and makes no apologies for its violence. Nor do the writers try to portray Ragnar as anything other than a warrior and a man of his time and culture. We are surprisingly on his side as he defies his lord to sail west, even though we know his purpose is anything but noble – he means to kill those he finds and steal their wealth.
Throw in prophecies, visions of gods that have a bloody purpose, heaps of action and good looking actors and actresses, and Vikings is one of the surprises of 2013.
The nine-episode first series of Vikings is on SBS on Thursday nights.
HOT GUY ALERT: Girls, Clive Standen as the muscular warrior Rollo is certainly easy on the eyes.
- source: thereporter.com.au
AUSSIE actor Travis Fimmel proved an instant hit for SBS when gory, graphic historical drama Vikings debuted on Thursday night.
Already critically acclaimed overseas, the violent Vikings successfully pillaged the ratings, notching up one of the biggest audiences of the year for SBS _ 744,000 watched the first episode.
Outside sport, Vikings is SBS’s third-highest rater for the year _ beaten only by Eurovision and Who Do You Think You Are?
A big deal for SBS, but Fimmel, a country boy at heart who spends his time back at the family farm he grew up on at Echuca, on the NSW-Victorian border, remains modest about what has proven to be his breakout role.
The 34-year-old has travelled the world since catching international eyes, first as a Calvin Klein model then in his first high-profile role in the TV series Tarzan a decade ago.
He is currently filming season two of Vikings in Ireland and, despite an awards buzz for his lead role of Nordic warrior Ragnar, isn’t the type to get carried away.
“I was very fortunate to get the role,” he says. “It’s a tough business, and I guess I don’t do myself any favours because I always retreat to the farm when I’m not working.”
Fimmel downplays the formal training he did to become an actor.
“Acting wasn’t some long-held dream and it still isn’t, really,” he says.
“I’m just trying to make some money and pay the bills.
“Yeah, I did a lot of training and all that. But you know … it’s just that there’s no money in farming. So this is like any other job for me.”
He’s conscious that Hollywood might come calling again.
“When we wrap Vikings in November I’ll probably head home for a couple of months, then maybe head to LA for a stint early next year.
“I’ve lived there a fair bit before; I just come and go.”
- source: heraldsun.com/au